Dark Hall Mansion’s 10-Print TWILIGHT ZONE Episode Series by Tom Whalen on Sale Tuesday, August 19th

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Dark Hall Mansion will be kicking a series of prints based on legendary episodes of The Twilight Zone on Tuesday, August 19th, and the best news is that every poster was designed by artist Tom Whalen.  Each print is an original rendering based on a classic Twilight Zone episode, ranging from “Eye of the Beholder” to “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to “Living Doll” to “Nick of Time”.  The first print will be released tomorrow, August 19th, and it’s for “Eye of the Beholder”, with a sneak peek arriving online today.  Each print will have a worldwide run of 230 standard editions ($450 for all 10) with 70 variant editions ($650 for all 10).  Any unsold prints will be available for individual purchase at a later date for $65/$100 each.

Additionally, if you buy a subscription to Dark Hall Mansion as part of the Twilight Zone series, you will receive a reservation for Tom Whalen’s War of the Worlds print, which will also be released this year. Hit the jump to take a look at the War of the Worlds and “Eye of the Beholder” Twilight Zone posters, and be sure to stop by Dark Hall Mansion’s official site tomorrow to purchase either the standard or variant Twilight Zone series.

Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Release Date Set for October 3rd

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We now know when director Jason Reitman’s next film will be arriving in theaters.  In Contention reports that the Men, Women & Children release date has been set for a limited bow on October 3rd, with a wider expansion planned for October 17th where it will square off directly against Gone Girl.  Men, Women & Children revolves around a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their lives.  Adam Sandler leads an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DewittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerDean NorrisJ.K. SimmonsAnsel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Reitman’s 2013 film, Labor Day, was somewhat abandoned by Paramount and dumped in January, but it appears that the studio is taking good care of the Up in the Air filmmaker’s next effort as it and Interstellar are Paramount’s only Oscar prospects this year.  It’s certainly possible Men, Women & Children could be in the awards conversation, and I look forward to catching its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks.  Check back tomorrow to watch the first trailer.

Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes to Lead PlayStation’s POWERS

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The TV adaptation of the comic book Powers has cast its two lead roles.  THR reports that Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Battlestar Galactica) have been tapped to star in the series for PlayStation, which is producing the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic.  Copley will play Christian Walker, a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force, dealing specifically with crimes involving those who have special abilities.  Forbes will play Retro Girl, a character who is the “superstar” of the Powers community.  FX was previously developing a Powers TV show adaptation that never went forward, with Jason Patric and Carly Foulkes filling the roles of Christian and Retro Girl, respectively.

30 Days of Night helmer and Hannibal principal director David Slade will direct the first two episodes of Powers, with Charlie Huston serving as executive producer.  The series will debut exclusively on the PlayStation Network this December.

Carrie Gets Back to Work in New HOMELAND Season 4 Trailer

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Showtime has released a new Homeland Season 4 trailer, giving fans another tease of what to expect when the drama series returns in October.  This trailer actually reveals less about the new season than the previous “first look” trailer, and it has a listlessness to it that likely mirrors Carrie’s (Claire Danes) state of mind when we pick back up with the character after the events of Season 3.  After driving through more story in three seasons than most shows do in their entire runs, it feels like Homeland has the opportunity to reboot a bit this year, and I’m curious to see where that takes Carrie, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), and whoever else remains.

Hit the jump to watch the new Homeland Season 4 trailer.  This season also features Rupert Friend, Corey Stoll, and Suraj SharmaHomeland returns to Showtime with back-to-back episodes on October 5th.

New HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Image; Director Francis Lawrence Talks Changes from the Book and Adding “New Elements”

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One of the best surprises of last year, for me at least, was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  I wasn’t particularly high on the fact that Francis Lawrence was taking over as the director of the franchise, and I assumed the films would now take on a more commercialized, standard-studio-fare sheen.  It turns I was very, very wrong, as Catching Fire actually opened up the themes of the series, deepened the characters, and delivered one of most exciting cliffhanger endings a franchise film has seen in some time.  Lionsgate has now released a new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 image featuring star Jennifer Lawrence from the first half of the conclusion to this series, and along with the image come some interesting comments from Francis Lawrence about how the franchise will be wrapping up.

Lawrence says that while Mockingjay – Part 1 has a tonal shift from the previous films, there won’t be any major book changes.  Instead, Lawrence and his creative team have actually come up with a number of “new elements” to add to the film.  Hit the jump to check out the new image and to see what Lawrence has to say about alterations made to Mockingjay – Part 1 and how he approached splitting the final book into two films.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s BY THE SEA Starts Filming in Malta This Week

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Angelina Jolie looks poised to be in this year’s Oscar race as a director with the World War II POW story Unbroken, opening Christmas Day, but it looks like she’s going to shoot a whole other movie before that film hits theaters.  It was announced last month that Jolie would write, direct, and star in By the Sea alongside partner Brad Pitt for Universal, and now word comes that production on the pic actually gets underway today in Malta.  By the Sea is commandeering a beach in Malta for shooting purposes until November 10th, meaning Jolie will have wrapped the pic by the time the press tour for Unbroken begins in December.  More after the jump.

Keanu Reeves to Star in and Executive Produce John Rain TV Series Adaptation

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Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen.  Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series.  Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes.  The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way.  This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”.

Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop the potential series to a number of different outlets.  There’s no guarantee the show will actually come to fruition, but it could be an interesting series with Reeves in the lead.  Read the full press release after the jump.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Resurrected? Disney Eyeing Potential Early 2015 Production Start for Remake [Updated]

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One of the most promising projects of the past decade may have new life, though whether it still resembles its former iteration is unclear.  Filmmaker David Fincher had been developing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney for years, and it finally looked like he was ready to tackle the project after the back-to-back productions The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  He worked hard to make the film happen, but his vision for an epic, adventurous retelling necessitated a massive budget from Disney, which in turn necessitated a bankable star in the lead.  Fincher approached his pal Brad Pitt, but he opted to make Fury instead.  Then Matt Damon and Daniel Craig were considered, but neither wanted to leave their families for a lengthy shoot in Australia.  Even Channing Tatum was a possibility.

Last summer, after Fincher committed to Gone Girl has his next picture, word came that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was officially dead.  However, it appears that the film may yet have life, as Disney is in negotiations with the Australian government for tax incentives that would pave the way for an early 2015 shoot on 20,000 Leagues. [Update: It's possible that Disney may actually be trying to use the pre-approved incentive for 20,000 Leagues on the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean 5. More after the jump.]

Stellan Skarsgard Says He Has a Role in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Principal photography just recently wrapped on one of next year’s (many) heavy hitters, the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but an interesting bit of casting for the film has now surfaced.  Stellan Skarsgard, who was last seen running around sans clothes in last year’s Thor: The Dark World, says he will be reprising his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in the Avengers sequel, adding another piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe connective tissue to the highly anticipated follow-up.  More after the jump.

Roberto Orci Says First Draft of the STAR TREK 3 Script Is Complete

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Development continues to move forward on Star Trek 3 while J.J. Abrams is off in a galaxy far, far away, and a status update has surfaced from writer/producer/likely director Roberto Orci.  It was reported a few months ago that Orci, who was a screenwriter and producer on both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, was in negotiations to take over the director’s chair on Star Trek 3.  He subsequently told us that it wasn’t exactly a done deal just yet, adding that Paramount had yet to see the script.  In these ensuing months, Orci has been working to craft the Star Trek 3 script with writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and this weekend Orci announced that the trio has now completed the first draft.  More after the jump. 

THE EQUALIZER TV Spot: Denzel Washington Is a Gladys Knight & the Pips Fan

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Sony Pictures has released a new The Equalizer TV spot for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller, and it showcases a new song from Eminem and SiaDenzel Washington leads the dramatic action-thriller as a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  Sony has been quite bullish on the film, putting a sequel into development well in advance of its release, but aside from hints at a more introspective piece, the first trailer didn’t really strike me as anything particularly noteworthy beyond a riff on Washington’s role in Man on Fire.  However, this new TV spot highlights a few bits of solid humor from Washington’s character, making the pic a bit more attractive from my perspective.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Equalizer TV spot.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.

New Posters for WHIPLASH, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, and LAGGIES

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Posters for a trio of non-superhero, non-franchise movies have landed online, and we thought it prudent to share.  Briefly:

  • Whiplash – Our own Matt Goldberg is quoted on the Whiplash poster for this dark drama, which stars Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer who studies under a ruthless instructor (J.K. Simmons).  I’m actually quoted on the trailer myself, as the film was one of the breakout hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  The pic opens in theaters on October 10th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Before I Go to Sleep – A poster and release date have been unveiled for this thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a woman with no memory.  Secrets are subsequently revealed about the true nature of her doctor (Mark Strong) and husband (Colin Firth).  The film opens in theaters on October 31st.
  • Laggies – Only half-heads are glimpsed in the debut poster for Lynn Shelton’s dramedy about a woman (Keira Knightley) who decides to run literally away from adulthood by hanging out with a teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her father (Sam Rockwell).  The film opens in theaters on October 24th.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

Starz Greenlights OUTLANDER Season 2; Will Adapt the Second Book in Diana Gabaldon’s Historical Fiction Series

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Not even a week after the premiere episode of Starz’s Outlander debuted, the network has already given the greenlight for Outlander Season 2.  The show is based on the bestselling series of Diana Gabaldon novels and tells the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743.  The books (there are eight in total) traverse the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure, making them ripe for the visual medium of TV.  Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore is at the helm of the Outlander TV show, spearheading what looks to be a rather successful adaptation (read Allison’s review here).

Starz has ordered “at least 13 episodes” of Outlander Season 2, which will be based on the second book in Gabaldon’s series, Dragonfly in Amber.  This first season consists of 16 episodes, so one imagines that could be in the cards for the second season as well.  Whereas HBO is focused on a variety of heavy drama series, with Spartacus, Da Vinci’s Demons, and now Outlander, it appears that Starz has carved out a nice little genre-oriented niche for itself in the world of premium cable. Read the full press release after the jump.

ANT-MAN Connection to the Larger Marvel Cinematic Universe Possibly Revealed

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It’s been arguably Marvel’s most contentious production since Iron Man, but Ant-Man is finally gearing up to start filming in the next few weeks.  By now you know the story: Edgar Wright developed the film for several years, set his cast, was prepping to shoot, and then ran into creative differences with Marvel Studios that led to his exit from the project.  Peyton Reed is now at the helm of the superhero adaptation with Paul Rudd in the lead, supported in the cast by Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll.  One of the key points of contention between Wright and Marvel was reportedly the film’s connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the studio wanted to see more threads between Ant-Man and the other films that make up the MCU.

As filming is about to get underway, possible spoilers have surfaced by way of some earlier drafts of the script that reveal which characters from the MCU were/are poised to make an appearance in Ant-Man, and the answers may surprise you.  More after the jump, though be warned that these details contain potential spoilers for Ant-Man

THE GIVER Review

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Trends come and go in Hollywood with varying degrees of success, and one of the genres that appears to be “in” at the moment is the YA adaptation—specifically films with a dystopian bent.  The Hunger Games and Divergent both dealt with young protagonists rebelling against oppressive, authoritarian governments, and while at first glance The Giver may look like a simple cash-in on the trend, the source material predates the current dystopian craze by over a decade.  The road to a feature film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel has been long, but it now finally makes it to the screen with producer Jeff Bridges taking on the titular role.  However, though the film is surprisingly deft at handling some of the deeper questions raised by the book and boasts a pair of strong lead performances, the adaptation fails to flesh out other aspects of the story, resulting in a rather mixed bag.

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